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The annunciate
Severna Park
Adult Fiction PARK

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Park ambitiously transposes her characteristic topicsÄpower, drug use, lesbian relationships and racial hatredÄinto a sinister, far-future universe in her third novel (after Hand of Prophecy). Some 3000 years after humanity has settled the multiplaneted triple-star system ThreeSys, a vicious caste war has broken out among its inhabitants. The Jackless, who cannot plug into ThreeSys's vast information resources, and the Jacked, who have surgically implanted limited access, are both trying to exterminate the elite Meshed, who can access all knowledge, enter a virtual dimension and alter the others' reality. Annmarie, her conniving male lover Corey and the novel's 21-year-old protagonist, Eve, are Mesheds who make and sell Staze, an addictive drug that immobilizes its users. After Eve falls in love with Naverdi, a Jacked Staze smuggler and addict, all four travel to ThreeSys's first settlement, the now ruined Paradise, where they encounter a seductive, female alien who can meld VR, dreams and reality, and thus eliminate the distinctions that fuel ThreeSys's war. The succubus arranges to be birthed by Naverdi as a new AnnunciateÄthe first settler of an entirely new kind of realityÄbut whether this development will save or destroy humanity, no one knows. Park's dizzying plot occasionally founders because the nanotechnology on which the story's progress depends is fuzzily drawn. None of her characters achieve much life as they constantly shift between the virtual and "real" universes. Moreover, her treatment of the romance between Naverdi and Eve, which is integral to her theme of growing up enduring prejudice, suffers from a strident tone unrelieved by the saving grace of humor. Parks's ideas seem crowded here: they stifle one another, while distorting her undeniable literary fecundity. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In the far future, humanity has spread throughout the galaxy and fragmented into three distinct factionsÄthe Meshed, the Jacked, and the JacklessÄaccording to their ability to access virtual technology. Hunted to near-extinction by the other two factions, the Meshed maintain a precarious existence until a strange, alien being encounters a trio of Meshed fugitives and announces itself as their salvation. The author of Speaking Dreams depicts a grim future where fear of "the other" takes precedence over trust and good faith. Marred only by the lack of appealing characters, this novel of ideas belongs in large sf collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Eve
One of the Meshed, the elite caste.

One of the Jacked, the middle caste.

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